Elbeddini A, Hooda N, Yang L. 2020. Role of Canadian pharmacists in managing drug shortage concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian Pharmacists J, doi: 10.1177/1715163520929387.
Excerpt from Conclusions: The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected drug shortages in Canada, and the crisis has caused more essential drugs to become unavailable to patients. Therefore, it is vital that all key players in the health care industry unite and work together to alleviate this urgent issue. Government entities, regulatory bodies, drug manufacturers and distributors all can use strategies to alleviate drug shortages. Pharmacists and other frontline health care professionals also have an obligation to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. When there is a disruption in the supply of medications, pharmacists manage their inventory carefully to ensure that all their patients can receive a quantity of the medication to meet their immediate needs. Unnecessary stockpiling of medication can create unintended shortages and puts other patients’ health at risk. Pharmacists have an important role to play in limiting the supply of medications to 30 days and using their professional judgment if a larger supply is needed. Pharmacists also must continue using their expertise and skills to act in the best interest of patients.